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Note, undated, removed from the reverse of the portrait which identifies it as the only known full-length portrait of Pope.


This is the only Portrait that was ever drawn of Mr Pope at Full length. It was done without his knowledge, as he was deeply engaged in conversation with Mr Allen in the Gallery at Prior Park; by Mr Hoare who sat at the other end of the Gallery. Pope would never have forgiven the Painter had he known it. He was too sensible of the deformity of his Person to allow the Whole of it to be represented. This Drawing is therefore exceedingly valuable as it is an Unique of this celebrated Poet.